A common question that we receive is ‘should you wash your raspberries?’. It’s not unusual to be hesitant about washing raspberries as their fragile nature means fresh juicy berries can quickly turn into a soggy mess. The skin of a raspberry tends to easily soak up liquid so it may tear easily and can lead to mold and spoilage if washed incorrectly. To ensure you are able to enjoy your fresh raspberries, we recommend washing your berries just before you are to eat them.
The best way to wash raspberries
When washing raspberries, a common mistake is to wash them directly under the kitchen tap. As the water pressure tends to be quite strong, the raspberries can be squished or damaged. Instead, we recommend taking a more delicate approach to washing your berries. Follow our easy step-by-step guide to ensure your raspberries are clean and ready to eat.
1. Create a 3:1 water and vinegar mixture
To wash your raspberries, first, combine 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar in a large bowl. By adding vinegar, you will remove any dirt and other impurities from your berries.
2. Dip raspberries in the bowl
Gently dip your raspberries in the bowl, ensuring they get a good wash. Avoid soaking the berries in the mixture as the skin will absorb the mixture and your berries may have a slight vinegar taste
3. Dry your raspberries
Place your berries in a bowl lined with some paper towel or a clean tea towel. Lightly dab to ensure your berries are thoroughly dry, but avoid being too heavy-handed so not to squish them.
It’s best to enjoy your raspberries as soon as they have been washed. Place your berries on top of a birthday cake for an extra boost of colour and flavour, blend them into a delicious and healthy smoothie, or simply enjoy them on their own.
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